As many as 35 of the 50 American states have released formal opening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. US President Donald Trump on Wednesday exuded confidence that much better days are ahead for the country that has seen more than 61,000 deaths over the past two months due to Covid-19. The US economy has come to a standstill. It grew by negative 4.8 percent in the first quarter. Over 26 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits and the number is expected to go up to more than 30 million.